Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018

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House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Implements certain recommendations of the Review of Defence Support to National Counter-Terrorism Arrangements by amending the Defence Act 1903 to: permit states and territories to request that the Commonwealth call out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in a wider range of circumstances; enable call out orders to authorise the ADF to operate in multiple jurisdictions, as well as the offshore area; authorise the ADF to respond to incidents that cross a border into a jurisdiction that has not been specified in an order in certain circumstances; allow the ADF to be pre-authorised to respond to land and maritime threats, in addition to aviation threats; increase the requirements for the ADF to consult with state and territory police where it is operating in their jurisdictions; simplify, expand and clarify the power of the ADF to search and seize, and to control movement during an incident; remove the distinction between general security areas and designated areas; for the purposes of expedited call out, clarify that acting ministers are to be treated as substantive ministers and add the Minister for Home Affairs as an alternative authorising minister; and make technical amendments. Also makes a consequential amendment to the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 28 Jun 2018
Second reading moved 28 Jun 2018
Second reading debate 18 Oct 2018
Second reading debate 22 Oct 2018
Second reading agreed to 22 Oct 2018
Third reading agreed to 22 Oct 2018
Introduced and read a first time 12 Nov 2018
Second reading moved 12 Nov 2018
Second reading debate 26 Nov 2018
Second reading debate 27 Nov 2018
Second reading agreed to 27 Nov 2018
Committee of the Whole debate 27 Nov 2018
Third reading debated 27 Nov 2018
Third reading agreed to 27 Nov 2018
Finally passed both Houses 27 Nov 2018
  • Act no: 158
  • Year: 2018
10 Dec 2018

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